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SETI researchers investigate an unusual signal

The hunt for alien life <i>might</i> have turned up something special. A Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence team using Russia's RATAN-600 radio telecope (above) is investigating an unusually strong signal from a star 95 light years away, in the Hercules constellation. It's far from conclusive …

Research

It's now easier to create and customize Snapchat Geofilters

If you're one to continually try out Snapchat's On-Demand Geofilters to spruce up your snaps, starting today you'll be able to edit and place themes and designs straight from within the On-Demand website before you purchase your Geofilter.<p>You can start by choosing a theme, adding a design, then …

Snapchat

Alleged PS4 Slim leak reveals incremental changes to console

Sony has confirmed its next game system, the PlayStation Neo (or PS4.5, given it won't be a full generation improvement), and will probably formally introduce it at an event on September 7th. But the console maker was heavily rumored to have a new thinner version of their current system, the PS4 …

PlayStation

BitTorrent app once again linked to Mac malware

The developers of Transmission can't catch a break. Just months after their BitTorrent app was linked to the first known instance of Mac ransomware, security researchers at ESET have pinpointed another form of malware taking advantage of Transmission to infect Mac users. Keydnap, as it's called, …

Malware

PlayStation Now is available on your PC

Sony was vague about when PlayStation Now would reach PCs, but apparently you didn't have to wait long at all -- it's available <i>today</i>. If you have a sufficiently beefy Windows PC (a 3.5GHz Core i3 or better), you can stream PS3 games to your computer that include recent additions like <i>Tomb Raider:</i> …

PlayStation

Intel's 7th generation Core CPUs will devour 4K video

4K video is finally gaining a foothold in home theaters this year, but for most PCs it's practically kryptonite. Even if you're lucky enough to have a powerful computer, dealing with such high-resolution video is a surefire way to spike your CPU usage and gobble up battery life. So it's little …

Batteries

EU Commission: Apple must repay its $14.5b Irish tax break

The European Commission has ruled that Apple was given up to €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in an illegal sweetheart tax deal with the Irish government. It's one of the biggest, if not <i>the</i> biggest<i>,</i> figure a company has been charged with by the Commission. The EU opened the investigation into Apple's …

Apple News

Adieu, Chromebook Pixel 2

The best Chromebook that money can buy is slowly disappearing. As <i>VentureBeat</i> notes, the second-generation Chromebook Pixel is now unavailable in the US, with a mere "out of stock" message displayed in the Google Store. Google has said it's "committed" to the Pixel line, but admits: "We don't have …

Laptops

'This War of Mine' studio reveals a dystopian steampunk PC game

11 Bit Studios made a name for itself with <i>This War of Mine</i>, a powerful game about the civilian casualties of war, and now the company is back with a second experience that peers into the heart of humanity. <i>Frostpunk</i> is a dystopian look at society as it exists on an Earth that has completely frozen …

Steampunk

Amazon is cracking down on counterfeit goods

Amazon is cracking down on more than just counterfeit reviews -- the e-commerce juggernaut is waging a war against <i>fugazi</i> products, too. In order to sell Adidas, Asics, Hasbro, Nike and Samsung products, Amazon is asking for a $1,000 to $1,500 fee and a surfeit of paperwork according to <i>CNBC</i>. One of …

Amazon

Apple iPad, Mac rumors suggest upgrades for power users

While we prepare to see the next iPhone on September 7th, <i>Bloomberg's</i> Mark Gurman has delivered another batch of rumors centered around Apple's iPad and Mac plans. According to his sources, along with a standalone 5K monitor the company is working on with LG (that would surpass even the 21:9 screens …

OS X

Order pizza right from your Twitch stream with Hungrybot

When you're chilling on the couch watching your favorite esports stream on Twitch and hunger hits, pizza is just a few keystrokes away.<p>Hungrybot is, as the name implies, a bot meant for streamers to run in their Twitch channels to let fans order pizza straight from the chat itself. By allowing …

Pizza

Report: Google is turning Waze into a ride-sharing platform

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Google is planning to create a carpool-based ride-sharing service using Waze. The new service would connect drivers and potential passengers going along the same route via the navigation app.<p>The new service will launch this fall and unlike Lyft and Uber, won't …

Google

Twitter's making it easy for content creators to show you ads

Twitter's finally giving creators a good reason to upload videos to its platform rather than YouTube by allowing individuals to monetize content.<p>The move is an extension of its existing Amplify program, which previously allowed only registered media outlets to display ads before videos. It's also a …

YouTube

Chris Brown turns to Instagram amid police standoff

Singer Chris Brown's Instagram account got a lot more interesting today. With police outside of his Los Angeles home, who were following up on a report that Brown pulled a gun on an unnamed woman, the singer started posting Instagram videos criticizing the LAPD.<p><i>Developing...</i>

Chris Brown

Konami announces 'Metal Gear Solid: The Definitive Collection'

Konami is bundling M<i>etal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes</i>, <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</i> and <i>Metal Gear Online</i> in a special package called <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience</i>.<p>If you missed out on the demo-length prequel <i>Ground Zeroes</i> or the opus that was <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</i>, …

Konami

EU net neutrality guidelines close key 'fast lane' loopholes

When the European Union passed its net neutrality laws in 2015, it left a few big loopholes that many were worried would undermine the rules. Would your internet provider have free rein to exempt its own services from data caps, for example, or slow down competing services? You might not have to …

Net Neutrality

Parrot's hybrid drone looks ready to blast a Death Star

Remember when drones used to be fun toys, not a serious business regulated by the Feds? Parrot does, judging by its two latest models, the Mambo and Swing. The $139 Swing looks a lot like an X-Wing fighter, but the wings aren't just for show. After a regular vertical takeoff, you can make like a …

Flash memory

The resurrection of 'Allison Road'

When Chris Kesler was six years old, he sat just outside of his cousin's room and peered at the flickering TV through a crack in the doorway. On-screen, in grainy VHS quality, a murderous red-haired doll in Cabbage Patch overalls laughed as it attempted to murder anyone in its path. Kesler was …

Kickstarter

The new Google+ is coming for all users soon

The new Google+ is slowly being rolled out to additional users over the next few days, according to Danielle Buckley, Project Manager at Google. Finally, anyone who wasn't able to take a look at the new features back when the preview was introduced last November will get a chance to sift through …

Google

Pebble's latest update adds quick views and more shortcuts

When Pebble announced its latest Pebble 2 and Time 2 watches earlier this year, it also revealed several software improvements that would roll out not just to the new models, but to most other existing Pebble hardware. Today, the company is finally releasing that update. Now even old-school Pebble …

Apple News

Android Nougat: Review

SpaceX to launch SES satellite on a reused Falcon 9 rocket

Satellite operator SES will be the first company to launch a spacecraft on a 'second-hand' SpaceX rocket. The Falcon 9 which travelled to the ISS in April, before landing on a drone ship in open water, will be called upon for the new flight later this year. Blast-off is scheduled for the fourth …

Satellites

Devs can now publish Windows apps straight to Xbox One

Microsoft is getting its proverbial development ducks in a row, with the addition of new capabilities to its Dev Center that should make multi-platform publishing a whole lot more straightforward, as well as provide more feedback to developers.<p>Microsoft's been working towards this point for some …

Xbox One

My favorite games to read

I've been reading a really great story recently. By which I mean I have been playing a really great video game. Specifically, I've been playing adventure game <i>Kentucky Route Zero</i>, now on its fourth episode (of five). Despite being a video game, it is also one of the best magical-realist stories I've …

Interactive Fiction

'Gran Turismo Sport' delayed to sometime in 2017

Polyphony Digital has a reputation for taking its sweet time to bring <i>Gran Turismo</i> games to Sony consoles, and <i>Gran Turismo Sport</i> won't be an exception to the rule. The studio has delayed its first PS4 racing game to sometime in 2017 after having previously committed to a November 2016 launch. Why …

PlayStation

Google wants your help to improve its automatic translations

Google's ability to interpret and translate handwriting isn't perfect. Sometimes you'll scribble a word or take a photo of a restaurant menu on holiday, only to have a garbled mess thrown back at you. To help its "smart" assistants and services, Google has released a new app on the Play Store …

Reward Systems

Sonos opens up: Spotify Connect and Amazon Echo control is coming

For as much as Sonos is known for high-quality connected speakers, it's also built up a reputation for lackluster software and a closed ecosystem. And that's getting harder to live with as alternative platforms like Google's Cast (formerly Chromecast) are flourishing alongside smart partnerships …

Amazon Echo

Samsung launches first Exynos chip with all radios built in

Samsung has revealed a new chip that could have a ripple effect on its high-end smartphones, and will make IoT devices and smartphones for developing markets faster, slimmer and cheaper. The quad-core 7570 is the first Exynos chip to have all wireless tech, including Cat.4 LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM …

Samsung

Mophie's cheapest battery packs yet start at just $30

There are two things Mophie has always been known for: Delivering attractive mobile cases and battery packs that fit right alongside Apple's aesthetic, and making you pay a premium to own its products. That all changes with the company's next batch of mobile battery packs, which are up to 50 …

Batteries